The Golden Gate Bridge which is located in the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean is a beautiful suspension bridge completed in the year 1737. It was once the longest bridge in the world and has become the universal symbol of San Francisco.
This bridge was the one and only shortest available rout between San Francisco and the Marin County. Many might be thinking why the majestic bridge is in that bright reddish orange color and here you have the answer for it. Regardless of its reddish appearance, the actual and official color of the bridge is a bright orange vermillion, which is known as the international orange.
History says that this particular color was chosen and proposed by consulting architect named Irving Morrow. We hear that the bridge was painted like that to contrast and be showed out from its natural environment and adds to the bridge's appearance and visibility during foggy days.
When it comes to the appearance, it is assesses as one of the very attractive patterns of bridge engineering. When it comes to the structural design confront and for the artistic appeal, both ways, the Golden Gate Bridge is a stop worth it during your trip to San Francisco.
The bridge was in fact acknowledged as one of the most contemporary Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Just think about the reach and vast foresight and imagination of the engineers who built this great monumental bridge which is still used by the people. The Golden Gate Bridge is regarded as the most beautiful, and the most photographed places in the world.
In point of actual fact, Aesthetics was the primary cause for why the initial design by Engineer Joseph Strauss was abandoned. When he resubmitted his bridge construction plan, the great engineer added extra particulars, like that of proper lighting that beautifully and usefully bordered bridge's cables and towers.
The best thing we can ever recommend a tourist to do is to have a small walk over the bridge. When we walk on this majestic bridge, we can be pleased and glad about the size and height. At the middle of the ways you can experience the feel of flying as when you stand 220 feet above the water's surface. It will give you a God like feel when you see big ships passing below and look like small toy ships.
If you would like to experience a real good walk over the bridge, then we would like to tell that choosing to walk between one vista points to another would be so interesting and pleasing. Normally Pedestrians are permitted only on the east sidewalk, during the hours of daylight. And if you think about taking your pet along with you, then is allowed if they are on a leash, however roller blades skates and skateboards are not permitted on the bridge to avoid mishaps.
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Napa valley wine tour is one of the best gifts you can give your wife this valentine. You can book a tour for Napa valley from our site. Napa valley is recognized throughout the world for its wine. There are various ways to explore this vineyard through bicycle, hot air ballooning, private bus, vans, train or Limousine. But private bus tour is considered the best way. You can book your tickets online through credit card. Just click here and book your ticket now before it becomes too late. Apart from wineries, there are various spas and wonderful restaurants.
Napa Valley which is located in the north of San Francisco is one of the oldest California wine growing region. In Napa valley, the first vineyard was planted in Napa Valley, near Yountville, in 1836 and by 1889 there were more than 140 wineries in the Napa Valley alone.
Napa Valley is divided into several distinct appellations, each suited for particular grape varieties. Carneros region to the south is famous for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while the central appellations of Rutherford and Oakville is famous for Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Northern regions of St. Helena and Diamond Mountain are ideal for Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Explore this wine country region with great wines today!
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Before traveling to San Francisco do your homework properly. If you don't, you will have a disappointed look on your face, standing in the line to catch the cable car. You can enjoy your trip by being a smart tourist and spend less of your hard-earned money if you follow these tips:
1. Before visiting this place do find out weather conditions. Information below will give you an idea as to what is the best time to visit this place.
|Month ||Season||What to wear|
|November, December, January||Rainy season||Carry an Umbrella, rain jacket, long sleeved shirts, gloves, sweaters.|
|February, March||Winter rains||Carry a jacket, long sleeved shirts and sweaters|
|April, May||One of the best times to visit. Sky is clear ||Jacket, long sleeved shirts, sweaters |
|June, July, August||Warm days||Shorts, jacket, long pants|
|September, October ||Clear days and little fog||Jacket, short sleeved shirts, pants, sweater, shorts etc. |
2. The best places to stay as a tourist are union square and Fisherman's wharf. Many people ask about, Van Ness and Lombard Street. This place is inconvenient and noisy.
3. There are certain ways to save money in San Francisco.
- Shop around for Airfare
- Don't rent a car
- Choose an Inexpensive Hotel
- Get a Discount Admission Card
- Buy a Muni Passport
- Free Attractions
- Do Lunch
4. San Francisco is a small place and all the sights are close by. Stay in an inexpensive hotel, use public transportation or taxi.
5. Make reservation for Alcatraz island online or go to the ticket office on the first day to avoid disappointment
6. Don't eat food on those typical Fisherman's wharf restaurants. Ask for a good restaurant in the hotel you stay or ask local personnel where to do they eat.
7. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge so that you can enjoy it.
Labels: Smart ways to visit San Francisco
1. Cable car ride:
In San Francisco, ride to a cable car is a must! Cable cars are an irresistible way to see the city.
Dress warmly and you can ride outside, catching visual treats that motorists routinely miss. The system, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, has 40 cable cars that operate on the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and California Street lines.
Alcatraz is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco, California. Once upon a time this island was served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, military prison and a federal prison until 1963.
Today, the island is a historic site operated by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. This island has been featured in many movies, TV shows, cartoons, books, comics and games.
3.Golden Gate Bridge:
Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed during the year 1937.
Now it has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.
Now it is the second longest suspension bridge, after Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York City.
Opened: 27 May 1937
Total Length: 8,981 feet
Width: 90 feet
Height: 746 feet
Longest span: 4,200 feet
4.Golden Gate Park:
Golden Gate Park is located in San Francisco, California. This is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres.
With 13 millions visitors annually, Golden Gate is the third visited city park in United States.
5.De Young Museum
M.H.De Young Museum is a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Nearly 1.2 million viewers visit this place every year. The de Young Museum was the last of seven U.S. museums to host The Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit in the late 1970's.
Now it is hosting "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs".
6. Lombard Street:
Lombard Street is an east-West Street in San Francisco, California. It is also called as "The Crooked street".
Most expensive real estate in the city exists in Lombard Street.
This street is alive with color, as the chrysanthemums, and other well tended flowers are in full bloom.
7. China Town:
Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and one of the largest Chinese communities outside Asia.
It is a major tourist attraction - drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge.
8. Fisherman's wharf:
Fisherman's wharf is a popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California, U.S. Fisherman's Wharf plays host to many San Francisco events, including a world class fireworks display for Fourth of July and some of the best views of the Fleet week air shows.
9. Coit Tower
Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill, looming over the eastern side of San Francisco with its almost regal presence.
Coit Tower was built in Pioneer Park atop Telegraph Hill in 1933 at the bequest of lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the city of San Francisco.
10. Asian Art Museum:
The Asian Art Museum is located in San Francisco, California, United States. Its holdings began with the generous donations of collector Avery Brundage, and now, the facility houses nearly 15,000 treasures that span 6000 years of history.
More than 2500 extraordinary works are displayed at any one time.
Labels: Things to do in San Francisco